2023 Start Up Energy Transition Award (SET) Competition for Start-ups Worldwide 

Deadline: January 16, 2023.

The Start Up Energy Transition Award (SET) is an international competition for start-ups worldwide who are working on ideas affecting the global energy transition and climate change. In the last six years, the award has received more than 2,700 applications from over 100 countries.

Let this be a testament to the rise of innovation for the energy transition worldwide!


  1. CLEAN ENERGY AND STORAGE: Generating, storing and distributing renewable energy is central to the energy transition. This category focusses on start-ups decarbonising our most energy-intensive sectors and accelerating the adoption of new solutions.
  2. QUALITY ENERGY ACCESS & SDG 7: This category rewards start-ups working with and empowering the communities that are most impacted by climate change. Innovations focused on positive social impact will score big here.
  3. MOBILITY AND TRANSPORTATION: Transportation and mobility continue to be one of the most essential but energy-intensive sectors. This category rewards creative solutions that span the large and the physical to the virtual and the digital.
  4. INDUSTRY: Industry emits 33% of GHG emissions and uses 38% of global energy. Innovation here is one of the most important ways to decarbonise. A new category for 2023, could your start-up be the game-changer?
  5. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION: The built environment accounts for 30% of global energy usage through construction, materials or just through temperature management. New for 2023, this rewards those creating comfortable, cost-effective, energy-efficient buildings of the future.



  • €10 000 Prize money per winner
  • Profile of start-up celebrated across the World Energy Council’s global energy network in 99 countries
  • Opportunity to attend the World Energy Leaders’ Summit
  • Extra visibility and PR
  • Speaking slot at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2023


  • Round trip flights to and from Berlin, and accommodation for 2 representatives of the start-up to attend the SET Tech Festival and Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue
  • Connect with a C-level jury
  • Booth at the SET Tech Festival
  • Live pitches at the SET Tech Festival
  • Feature in the “Energy Frontrunners” series
  • Access to exclusive partner events globally


  • Feature in our annual SET100 list publication, which is circulated to investors, corporates, and political stakeholders across the globe
  • Free tickets to the SET Tech Festival 2023
  • Free tickets to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) 2023
  • Content creation: interviews & articles
  • Access to exclusive partner events globally


  • Inform and influence policies that will boost innovation
  • Have your voice heard and participate in the World Energy Survey


They welcome all energy and mobility start-ups falling under our criteria. Please note, applicants may only apply to one category and all subsequent applications to other categories will be disqualified. Previous applicants from other years are welcome to apply again!

  1. Founding year: The start-up must not have been founded longer than ten years ago. In other words, the date of foundation cannot exceed 2012
  2. Application language: As SET is a global competition with an international jury, the application, including any attached documents, must be in English
  3. Company registration: The start-up applying must be registered, or be in the process of becoming registered
  4. Technology readiness level: The start-up must be able to present a functioning prototype and a proof of concept or a client, and/or an industrial/corporate/institutional partner
  5. Completed form: The applicant must fill out the entire form. Partially completed applications will not be accepted


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